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Zamfara Primaries: Court Orders APC, INEC To Maintain Status Quo



A State High Court in Gusau, Zamfara State, has ordered the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to stay further action on the contentious subject of party primaries in the state. An aggrieved member of the APC, Sanusi Dan Alhaji, an aspirant for the Gusau State Assembly constituency, had yesterday approached the Zamfara State High Court seeking an injunction compelling the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to recognise the primary elections held in the state. LEADERSHIP recalls that INEC had declared that the APC does not have any candidates in the forthcoming 2019 general elections as it failed to hold primaries within the stipulated time. The party had replied the electoral body, insisting that it would be fielding candidates for all elective positions, but the electors had made another statement standing its ground.

In the suit by Dan Alhaji, he asked the court to compel the NWC of the party to accept the primaries held on October 3 and October 7, 2018 for onward submission to INEC. He also sought the relief of court to compel INEC to accept the same primaries as submitted to it by the NWC. At the sitting, the presiding judge, Justice Mukhtar Yushau, after a careful scrutiny of the motion on notice, issued an interim order asking all parties in the matter to maintain status quo pending the determination of the main suit. “The court is hereby directing all parties involved in the matter to maintain status quo and desist from taking any action “, he added. Earlier, counsel to the plaintiff, Barrister Sani Katu had also asked the court to stop the National Working Committee from taking any action contrary to the primary elections already conducted in the state.





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